Alexander Baranenko was born on September 10, 1948 in the Zelentsovo town in Chernyakhovsky district of Kaliningrad region. In 1967 he graduated from the Polytechnic of Kaliningrad, his specialty was "Refrigeration and compressor systems and machinery". In 1967-1969 he served in the Soviet Armed Forces. In 1969-1970 he worked as a cooler at Chernyakhovsk milk factory.
In 1970 he entered the Leningrad Technological Institute of Refrigeration Industry (LTIRI) and in 1975 he graduated with honors. From 1972 to 1977 he was the secretary of the institute's A.U.L.Y.C.L committee. From 1977 to 1979 he worked as a junior researcher of scientific research sector of LTIRI, from 1979 to 1989 - as a Vice-Principal for Evening and Distance Learning, from 1989 to 1998 - as a Vice-Principal for Academic Affairs.
In April, 1998 at the Conference of the labor staff Alexander Baranenko was unanimously elected as a Principal of the St. Petersburg State Academy of Refrigeration and Food Technologies.
He passed PhD defense in 1980 and doctoral dissertation in 1991. He got the title of an Associate Professor in 1985 and the title of a Professor in 1992.
He is an author of over 80 scientific and educational publications, including monographs, textbooks and educational guides that have a stamp of the Ministry of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, also he is an author of 12 author's certificates and patents for inventions. In 1985/86 academic year he has attended scientific trainings at the University of Houston, United States.
As a lecturer and then as a professor A. Baranenko was involved in all kinds of workload at the Department of Refrigeration and Low Potential Energy. In February, 1997 he was elected as a Head of Refrigerating Equipment Department.
Alexander Baranenko is a specialist in absorption machines and thermotransformers. Problems of increasing of the efficiency of lithium bromide refrigerating machines through intensification of the heat and mass transfer processes in apparatus and appliance of new corrosion inhibitors are presented in his doctoral thesis.
His scientific developments, embedded in a number of large industrial enterprises equipped with absorption refrigerating stations, had a big economic impact. 10 graduate students and two specialists with doctoral degrees were trained under the leadership of Alexander Baranenko.
Departmentman of the Dissertation Council D 212.227.08.
Member of the International Academy of Refrigeration (MAX). President of MAX.
The chief editor of "Journal of International Academy of Refrigeration".
Member of the B2 Commission of the International Institute of Refrigeration.